Total Hip Replacement


What is a total hip replacement?

A total hip replacement, also known as arthroplasty, is a surgical procedure in which the diseased cartilage and bone of the hip joint are replaced with artificial parts. The procedure relieves pain from most kinds of hip arthritis and improves the quality of life for most people.

Who is a candidate for total hip replacement?

Patients commonly undergo total hip replacement after nonsurgical treatments (such as activity modifications, medications for pain or inflammation, or use of a cane) have not provided relief from arthritis symptoms.

The decision to undergo a total hip replacement should be made after considering the potential risks and benefits. A thorough understanding of both the procedure and anticipated outcome is an important part of the decision-making process that you’ll have with your orthopedic surgeon.

Award-winning, advanced surgical facilities Summit Orthopedics’ Vadnais Heights Surgery Center received The Joint Commission’s Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement for innovation and patient safety. The center is one of just two nationwide to receive the prestigious certification. Learn more.

What can I expect after surgery?

Total hip replacement surgeries can be performed either at a hospital or at the Vadnais Heights Surgery Center or Eagan Surgery Center. You will most likely stay in the hospital or Care Suites for one to three days, depending on what’s needed for your recovery. You will feel some pain after surgery, but your care team will provide medication to keep you as comfortable as possible.

Within a day after surgery, physical therapists will teach you exercises to improve your recovery. Since the new, artificial hip has a more limited range of movement than a healthy hip, a physical therapist will teach you proper techniques for basic daily activities to prevent injuring your new hip. You’ll be able to sit on the edge of the bed, stand and walk with assistance a day or two after surgery.

Full recovery from the surgery takes from three to six months depending on the type of surgery, your overall health, and the success of rehabilitation.

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